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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 732-734

Diagnostic value of galactomannan antigen test in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid sample from suspected patients of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

1 Department of Microbiology, ABVIMS and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Medicine, ABVIMS and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Shalini Malhotra
Department of Microbiology, ABVIMS and Dr RML Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_985_20

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Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is mainly caused by Aspergillus fumigatus and other Aspergillus species. Galactomannan (GM) is a polysaccharide antigen that exists primarily in the cell walls of Aspergillus species. GM may be released into the blood and other body fluids even in the early stages of Aspergillus invasion; therefore, detection of the GM antigen level can be useful in making an early diagnosis of IPA.

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